I'm trying to remember the name of a book I read pre-2006 about a boy who is taken on an adventure in some kind of flying ancient, alien car/spaceship. He flies over the great pyramids in Egypt and he also possibly time travels.

My brain is fixated with the title possibly beginning with “The O”. The title was the name of this spacecraft/flying machine. I attended British primary school, if that helps.

  • Reminds me of Aquilla by Andrew Norriss, made into a BBC series, but no time travel or Egypt (that I remember). May 6, 2022 at 0:19
  • I found more info on that one, and apparently it was published in 2018, and I can't work out the math to make 2018 pre-2006. I'll leave my comment, at least for now, since the same title may well be printed multiple times, and each reprint may well get its own ISBN. May 6, 2022 at 0:38
  • What sort of age-range was the book aimed at? It wasn't the "Magic Treehouse" series was it?
    – bob1
    May 6, 2022 at 1:54
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    @A.B. I see. I found that one when googling various terms related to the OP's description. And then I simply googled the ISBN, and what I found then, it that it was published in 2018. I still felt it might be the one, which is why I left my comment in there. I haven't read any of The Oxford Reading Tree, and I have no idea when they were first published. May 7, 2022 at 2:56

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The could well be Biff, Chip and Kipper: The Flying Machine and Other Stories, which is part of The Oxford Reading Tree (is that where you got "The O" from?). I have not read any of those books myself, but according to the site, it's a series of books designed to help children advance their reading skills. From the description, it fits what you mention reasonably well. The description mentions the Middle Ages and ancient Egypt, and the kids help invent a flying machine. The book is intended for ages 6-8, and since you mention attending primary school when you read it, I believe this may be the book you're looking for.

Put on a play in the Middle Ages, find out what happens to Floppy in Ancient Egypt and join Nadim and Anneena as they help invent a flying machine!
This collection contains four Read with Oxford Stage 5 stories that are ideal for children who are beginning to read independently. There are tips for parents and fun activities throughout the book for you and your child to enjoy together.

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